I'm going to try and make this as brief as possible,
-I did a shoot for a company showcasing their products on a vehicle (modifications). The company is based out of Europe.
- It was arranged by a local distributor to shoot the car, I know the guy, so It benefited me getting photos for my portfolio. So I did a free shoot.
- There was an agreement between all parties and the company that my photo watermarks were not altered, they would only be given a resolution size for web purpose, and ultimately can only use the photo's for general usage such as posting on their facebook page, around forums, etc. The company owner in Europe was very clear on this.
They removed the watermark and used the photos for advertising the product on their website, pictures were also altered. Then they made prints of 4 photos in their company catalogue/brochure which is currently all over the world (no watermarks). Also a couple other things.
The company owner's first excuse was the photo's have their product in them so he is entitled to the copyright!
As things stand right now he was contacted and he is making excuses to the whole situation. I'm asking for a certain amount of $$$ to settle (which is very reasonable especially for what the photo's were used for). He initially agreed over the phone eventually, after an e-mail was sent to him with invoice and details he was been avoiding the situation.
It has been about 50 days since the photo's were originally taken.
The company is based out of Europe and I'm in Canada.
I had a friend talk to some lawyers but to me it didn't seem like they knew all that much about copyright infringements, especially with an international company.
I'm trying to figure out what can be done in my situation. I need to do something, this is too much.
I really appreciate any of your responses before hand, cheers!